HC gives six weeks to government for clearing new jail manual

Asks DG prisons to carry out disability audit

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High court on Thursday gave six weeks time to government to place its decision about the approval of a new jail manual.
The division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindu Sharma observed that every time when the case is listed, adjournment are sought to the effect that new jail manual has been drafted and is waiting for
The court said that in case the report was not filed by the stipulated time, secretary Home department should remain personally present in the court to explain the position.
The Chief Justice said that the court cannot wait for such things.
“The government should come up with a manual. It is very important and necessary for welfare of jail inmates,” she said.
The court while giving reference to Supreme Court verdict in RD Udhppa versus State of Andhra Pradesh directed that the directions passed therein for the welfare of jail inmates be implemented in jails of Jammu and Kashmir
and Ladakh.
The court said that the women prisoners and their children particularly be given every facility which is required under the law.
Meanwhile, the court directed Member Secretary JK Legal Service Authority that children of women prisoners be given education and recreational facilities besides other facilities in the court.
It also sought a report from the officer by next date of hearing.
Meanwhile, DG prisons were directed to take disability audit of all the jails in JK and Ladakh.

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